Ghani did not listen to people’s problems: Bamyan PC members
BAMYAN CITY (Pjahwok): The Provincial Council (PC) members of central Bamyan province on Wednesday said President Ashraf Ghani did not listen to people’s problems during his recent trip, a claim rejected by local officials.
Bamyan PC head Haji Hussain Dad Khalili told reporters here that some local people wanted to meet the president and share their problems with him, but it could not happen.
He claimed Ghani’s trip was only aimed at point scoring and the visit triggered unrest during which civilian rights were violated and some were physically harmed by security officials.
“Not hearing people’s problems, creating an opportunity for violence and violation of human rights discouraged people’s hearts and minds and put a question mark on the achievements of the past 15 years,” he said.
Mualvi Mohammad Yusuf, the deputy PC head, also condemned the violence against local citizens and regretted that they could not share their 12 proposals with the president.
The proposals were about electricity, roads construction, security on Bamyan-Kabul motorways and landmines, he said.
But their claims were rejected by local government officials. Abdur Rahman Ahmadi, the governor’s spokesman, said Mohammad Akbari, a lawmaker from Bamyan in the lower house, spoke on behalf of Bamyan people at the formal ceremony.
He said in separate meetings, religious scholars, university teachers, civil society activists and departmental heads had visited the president and explained their problems.
He said a meeting of the provincial council members was on the agenda, but the public representatives denied meeting the president.
Governor Mohammad Tahir Zohair said he supported legitimate objections, but would not support violent demonstrations under any pretext.
He said the day the president arrived in Bamyan, a number of people attacked police with woods and stones. He said currently five policemen under treatment in hospital for injuries.
Glasses of five police vehicles were broken and a car burnt by some miscreants who had come from Kabul to Bamyan.
The governor said there was no civil society activist among the protestors who had arrived from Kabul to Bamyan with bad intention and security forces were investigating the incident.,
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